Welcome

Our Vision:  In Christ – United in faith, love and service

Welcome to our faith family! Whether you are an inquirer, a visitor, a new member, or an established member of the St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church community here on Hilton Head Island, we are here to serve you.

In keeping with the spirit of our Mission statement, “to build a Catholic Community that makes present the Gospel of Christ through worship, discipleship and evangelization,” our parish offers participation in Small Church Communities (SCCs) and over 50 active and vibrant ministries and organizations that serve both the parish family and the surrounding community (see the links in the drop-down menus at the top of the page). It is our hope that this web site helps you to become a more active member of our parish, and keeps you better informed of our mission, activities, and needs.

We hope you will feel at home at St. Francis and will share your faith experience and talents with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. By worshiping and working together, may we more perfectly reflect the glory of God and help bring about His Kingdom.

Fountain in front of St. Francis statue

Fountain in front of St. Francis statue at church entrance


Week of Prayer & Fasting to End the Evils of Abortion and Planned Parenthood

Priests for Life and a coalition of religious and pro-life groups have announced a Week of Prayer and Fasting to end the Evils of Abortion and Planned Parenthood from August 22-29. At www.prayercampaign.org several prayers have been posted to utilize during this week. The five prayers include a prayer for repentance, for those wounded by abortion, for pro-life advocates and public officials and for the conversion of Planned Parenthood. Please use and promote these prayers among your friends, family and social media contacts.

BECOMING CATHOLIC – 2015/16

For adults and children interested in becoming Catholic and /or celebrating the sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist:
RCIA, The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, begins Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 6:00 to 7:15 PM in the Family Center. The RCIC, Rite of Christian Initiation for Children, also begins at that time for children 7 to 15 years old who have not been baptized. A series of sessions highlighting the essentials of the Catholic Faith will be presented. Parishioners or Parents who wish to attend these sessions for ongoing education in the faith may participate in any or all of the sessions. Walk-ins are welcome. A complete program calendar for the year – September to March is available here.
For further information, phone the church office at 843-681-6350 ext. 266.

Rose Window - NarthexWelcome Home Program

If you’ve been away from the Catholic Church for awhile, know that you are missed.  Through baptism the Church belongs to you, and you belong to the Church – always. Believing in Christ, we never give up hope that we will all be united and reconciled in God’s time.

St Francis by the Sea is a welcoming people, a community you can turn to.  We are respectful of everyone’s desire to return home to our faith community, regardless of the circumstances.

At various times each year we host a program that provides time and space to explore the Catholic faith afresh without pressures or anxieties.  Outreach by our Welcome Home Ministry is currently underway.  To learn more about the upcoming program for inactive Catholics, contact Ron Angner at 843-686-6037 or email angnerron@gmail.com.  Welcome Home!